Grouping objects

When you group multiple objects, each object in the group maintains its original properties. You should group objects together when you want to prevent accidental changes to the relationships between objects. The Group command also lets you create nested groups — groups composed of several objects or groups of objects (or both). Nested groups are particularly effective for drawings that contain many complex elements.

Grouping objects creates a single object based on multiple objects.

Grouping objects creates a single object based on multiple objects.

Grouping is useful when you want to apply the same formatting, properties, or other changes, such as resizing or mirroring, to multiple objects.

To group objects

1 Select the objects with the Pick tool.

Hold down SHIFT to select multiple objects.

2 Click Arrange, Group.

To create a nested group

1 Using the Pick tool, select two or more groups (or one or more groups and one or more individual objects).

Hold down SHIFT to select multiple objects.

2 Click Arrange, Group.

This forms a single group composed of two or more nested groups, depending on the number of groups you selected in step 1.

^ • You can also group objects using the Group button on the Property Bar.

• You can select a single object that is part of a larger grouped object by holding down CTRL while selecting.

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